Philipsburg | Capital of Sint Maarten

“Philipsburg | The Capital of Dutch Sint Maarten is the best place for TAX-FREE Shopping or sniffing up some Caribbean culture!”

The best place on St. Maarten / St. Martin for a vibrant day-visit with shopping, restaurants, bars and history!

With over 2 miles of Beach this is the largest Bay on Dutch Sint Maarten. For many Great Bay in Philipsburg is the most beautiful bay in the entire Caribbean! You can walk almost the entire stretch of Beach via the Boardwalk passing many great restaurants, beach bars and watersports. When you get lost check out the marble map in the middle of the Boardwalk.

With Port Sint Maarten located in the Bay this is one of the busiest Cruise-ship locations in the Caribbean, welcoming approximately 2 million Cruise passengers per year. Therefore Philipsburg became a vibrant paradise for a Day visit and a calming Caribbean get-a-way at night.

Philipsburg - Capital of Dutch Sint Maarten - Front Street - Back street - Boardwalk - Fort Amsterdam - Shopping - Bars - Restaurants - History
Philipsburg - Capital of St Maarten - Front Street - Back street - Boardwalk - Fort Amsterdam - Shopping - Bars - Restaurants - History

Walking in the streets of the Capital you’ll find lots of historical influences such as old Dutch street names, Heritage Museum, Churches, the famous Courthouse, Statues, Fort Amsterdam (inside Divi Little Bay) and lots more.

For a modern mix between the Caribbean and the Netherlands, visit the Ocean Lounge restaurant inside Holland House Beach Hotel (also great for a beach visit).

If you just like lots of alcohol for a low price check out the infamous Dirty Sanchez bar or visit the Pina Bar for a fresh pina colada served in a Pineapple!

Other great locations to have a drink and some food are the following (Beach) Bars & Restaurants: I love SXM, Lazy Lizard, Oualichi, Blue Bitch Bar, Sint Rose Arcade, Honky Tonk, Oranje Café or the newly built Walter Plantz Square.

Shopping in the capital of St. Maarten:

The city is mostly known for its amazing Tax-free & Duty-free shopping in Front Street. Filling up a suitcase with souvenirs, alcohol, cigars, jewelry, clothing, art, perfumes and more you can already save the expenses of your trip.

Philipsburg carries most of the World’s top tier luxury brands of clothing, jewelry and watches. SXM is also known to be one of the worlds best places to buy loose diamonds and custom made jewelry for any special day or person!

For a more local experience visit the Guavaberry Emporium with local brewed rum and Artcraftcafé for locally made artwork. For Island souvenirs the local market place behind the Courthouse and Shipwreck shop are your best options!

With everything Tax-free you can save approx. -30%, you can literally make back your stay!

Save lots of money on the following TOP TIER Luxury brands:

Luxury Clothing or Bags:
Salvatore Ferregamo | Bally | Paul & Shark | Levi’s | Tommy Hilfiger | Ralph Lauren | Robert Graham | Tommy Bahamas | Hugo Boss | Gucci | Versace | Emporio Armani | Furla | Michael Kors | Kartell | Carmen Sol

Luxury Jewelry:
Chopard | Mikimoto | Bvlgari | Piaget | Messika | Graff | Tiffany & Co. | Buccellati | Van Cleef & Arpels | Cartier | Dior | Boucheron | Chanel | David Yurman | Harry Winston | Givenchy | Hermes | Chanel

Philipsburg - Capital of St Maarten - Front Street - Back street - Boardwalk - Fort Amsterdam - Shopping - Bars - Restaurants - History

Top Tier Watch brands:
Hublot | Zenith | Rolex | Piaget | Bell & Ross | Dior | Hermes | Vacheron Constatin | Patek Philippe | Chopard | IWC | Ulysse Nardin | Jaeger Le Coultre | Panerai | Cartier | Breitling | Omega | Glasshutte | Tag Heuer | Lange & Sohne | Corum | Maurice Lacroix | Mont Blanc | Roger Dubois | Tissot | Longines | Rado | Citizen | Seiko

Cuban Cigars | Cigarettes | Art | Alcohol | Pharmaceutical products

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